Willow Springs Recovery Blog

July 13, 2018

How Do We Talk About Drug and Alcohol Abuse?

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” Many of us have probably heard this quotation since childhood, but it doesn’t make it true. In fact, words can hurt quite a bit, and their impact can linger long after we hear them. Words can hurt […]

June 25, 2018

Facts About Whippets

What are Whippets? Whippets refer to empty canisters of whipped cream that can be used to inhale nitrous oxide (i.e. laughing gas). Nitrous oxide is a colorless gas with a somewhat sweet odor that is used as a pain reliever, an anxiety-reducer, and an anesthetic. Nitrous oxide interacts with the body […]

May 23, 2018

What is Cotton Fever

She came into the emergency department with a fever and pain in her head and abdomen. Track marks lined her arms from injecting heroin. Following a series of tests, doctors diagnosed her as having a collection of pus within her spine. She was given antibiotics and transferred to another hospital […]

April 25, 2018

Overcoming the Stigma of Addiction

It’s a sad reality. People treat other people differently – and discriminate against them – for a variety of reasons. People might view and treat other people as less than because their looks, their life partners, their educations and jobs, their political leanings, and a host of other reasons that […]

April 17, 2018

What Is Detox Like in Rehab?

This blog often discusses different tactics used to treat drug and alcohol abuse. One of the most common tactics is detoxification, or detox. Detox occurs at hospitals or rehab centers and involves removing toxins (alcohol and/or drugs) from people’s bodies. What is detox like? Well, detox often uses medication-assisted treatment, […]

April 3, 2018

Supporting Your Addicted Partner Without Enabling Them

When you have a loved one who is struggling with alcoholism or addiction, you want to be there for them. You may not exactly know how, but you want to be there for them in a way that is supportive, yet not enabling. Whether your loved one has been struggling […]

April 1, 2018

How To Help An Addict Who Doesn’t Want Help

How to help an addict who doesn’t want help is one of the most frustrating struggles you can ever have. Addiction firmly entrenches itself in a person’s life, affecting thoughts, feelings, beliefs, behavior, and perceptions. It can be overwhelming, if not maddening, to come up against it. Addiction is a pervasive […]

January 19, 2018

Brazilian Ju-Jitsu to Combat Addiction

Addiction can be hard to combat but that’s not to say that there are ways to fight against it. The art of combat releases several chemicals in the brain that help combat addiction. This is usually seen in any type of workout, however, combat sports such as Brazilian Ju-Jitsu better […]

January 11, 2018

Micro-Dosing through Addiction

Substances work by assaulting the brain and body with a variety of chemicals. The psilocybin attaches to the brain and anxiety settles, depression fades, addiction stops nagging, and motivation rises. A limitless feeling takes over the individual and they enter a form of relaxed concentration. As of late, micro-dosing has […]

January 5, 2018

Six roles Family Members Play in Drug Addiction

plays a crucial role when there is one who is addicted to drugs or alcohol in the group. Each member of the family plays a role that impacts the individual who is addicted and it is important to recognize who plays what part in the situation. There are roughly six […]